The postal service announced today that saturday delivery of letters will soon end in august. Only packages will come to your door. And abc's ron claiborne tells us about the surprising ways this will... See More
The postal service announced today that saturday delivery of letters will soon end in august. Only packages will come to your door. And abc's ron claiborne tells us about the surprising ways this will effect everyone. Reporter: A $15 billion plus budget deficit has done what neither rain nor sleet nor snow could do. The choice is either change some of the service or raise prices. And people don't want prices raised. We'll make the changes in service. Hello. How are you today? I'm great, thanks. Reporter: Lorenzo hudson has been making the rounds in great neck, new york, for more than 20 years. He was featured in a postal service tv commercial that ran during the super bowl pregame show. We don't want to see the business go under because they couldn't get rid of saturday or because they didn't get rid of saturday. But at the same time I want a perfect world. I want us to be able to stay with saturday delivery. Reporter: In recent years, the volume of first-class mail has plunged as more and more people pay bills online and communicate with e-mail. In response, post offices have been closed, the price of a stamp raised, but nothing has staunched the flow of red ink. Ending saturday service could save about $2 billion a year. While it may make financial sense, few other countries even have saturday delivery. It's an important job for every man, woman and child in our country. Reporter: Receiving a letter on saturday is an american tradition. Dating back to 1863. You expecour rain, sleet, snow, bad weather and saturday. Postal service is part of american history. To see them cutting back is kind of, like, upsetting. Reporter: Postal officials point to polls that show that 70% of americans support ending saturday mail service. They say they have no plans to cut back even further. It's our intention to continue to deliver the mail five days a week. Good to see you, as always. Reporter: Also opposed, the postal workers union. And perhaps, no surprise, the greeting card industry. And one thing to keep in mind. Post offices like the one behind me will remain open on saturday. Parcel service, which is very profitable, will continue on saturday. And could continue even to sunday, though, the postal service says they could have balanced that huge budget gap by raising the price of a first class stamp, but raising that stamp to, get this, $1.08. That was just not a practical option, diane. 1.08 to break even at the post office. Okay, thank you, ron.
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